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On June 15, 1983, Steve Jobs gave a talk at the Aspen Design Conference in Aspen, Colorado. He was, as usual, his visionary self, predicting things like ubiquitous portable email, the iPad, wireless networking, and more (the full speech is available for your listening pleasure). He used an Apple Lisa to manage a six-projector setup and, after the speech, conference organizers asked Jobs for something they could include in a conference-themed "time tube" (because tubes are cooler than capsules): after brief contemplation Jobs surrendered his Lisa's mouse and into the time tube it went. Since then the time tube was lost to, well, time. Time and re-landscaping. Lost, that is, until National Geographic's Diggers did what they do, and they found it. And yes, the mouse was there, in tact and pristine. Thanks to CNET for publishing the video.
Rain Design's iSlider earned high marks when TMO's own Nancy Gravley reviewed it last year. This unique iPad stand can hold any model iPad in landscape, portrait or reclined modes, and folds up to travel quite well, too. Now you can get yours and save $10 in the process. With free shipping, this is the best price we've found, and we're told supplies are limited.
A common issue plaguing long-time iOS developers is the desire to merge the free and pro versions of an app, instead utilizing in-app purchases, while still preserving existing users' paid-for features. Apple doesn't make it obvious how to accomplish this, but our friends at DigiDNA have found a creative solution using free in-app purchases.
Sometimes gems pop up, and this one exists in the form of six minutes of geek bliss. Woz (Apple employee #1), Daniel Kottke (technically employee #12, but really was the first paid employee of Apple in the garage), and Rod Holt (employee #5) chat through the very early days of Apple, including Woz's point-to-point soldering techniques, blowing up a few things, and where to put the solder when you don't have a third hand. This is truly a captured moment of three old friends losing themselves in the pure geekiness of it. Awesome.
Dave Hamilton, en route to Cupertino for the Mac 30th celebration, takes a mid-flight moment to reflect on all the Macs he's owned and just how much impact the Mac has had on his life.
Late on Wednesday Apple released an update to iTunes, version 11.1.4. In addition to the "stability improvements" common in most release notes, yesterday's update reported "This version of iTunes adds the ability to see your Wish List while viewing your iTunes library." The thing is, we can't find it and neither can anyone else.
Today in our deals section you will find our latest Name Your Own Price Bundle. Inside the bundle are 11 great Mac apps. Highlights include Snagit, MacX Video Converter Pro, Mariner Write, Flux, and Boom (one of my all-time favorites!). You literally can name your own price. ANY price you name (yes, any!) gets you four pre-selected apps. But if you offer more than the average price you get all eleven. At the time of this post that average price is just US$7.53, so act quickly and get yourself a heckuva deal. Or you can choose to pay more and put yourself on the leaderboard to get entered into a contest for an 11" MacBook Air. Several ways to win, and they're all cheaper the sooner you act!
Next Friday, January 24th, will mark thirty years since Steve Jobs took the stage at the Flint Center in Cupertino and introduced the Mac to the world. And on Saturday, January 25th, 2014 (yes, that's next weekend!) that same venue will host a celebration of what has happened in the thirty-years-and-one-day since. Through several panel discussions you'll hear from Mike Markkula, Randy Wigginton, Daniel Kottke, Bill Fernandez, Steven Levy and some unnanounced special guests, as well. To cap off the evening the Macworld All-Star Band will play (yes, with yours truly on the drums). The event starts at 7pm and you tickets are available through Ticketmaster. I hope to see you there!
If you want to scan documents at home and on-the-go to your Mac or your iPad (using the iPad to USB adapter), the Doxie Go scanner is something to consider. Two years ago our own Nancy Gravley reviewed this scanner and, even at $199, she said it was "worth the price." Amazon beats that by a bit down to $188, but for the next thirteen days you can get this portable, battery-powered (and rechargable) scanner for just $149 through our deals section.
3D printing had its presence in quite a few places at CES this year, and 3D Systems booth may have been the most impressive of all. The highlight was a four-piece band with each of the instruments – keyboard, bass, guitar and drums – being made primarily out of 3D-printed parts. As you can see from the video, the drum shells and bass are entirely made from 3D printing, and each is printed as a single piece. This is especially impressive on the bass where you can see the New York City skyline embedded in the body. The musicians all said the instruments played very easily, though obviously the non-solid drum shells caused more of the tone to come from the head than anywhere else. Definintely Cool Stuff Found!